Grants and Awards

The Friends of the Libraries support the University of Minnesota Libraries in many ways, always aiming to help the Libraries realize their vision of providing intellectual leadership and extraordinary information experiences. A key component of an outstanding library is outstanding staff and student employees. Each year, the Friends sponsor staff development grants and outstanding library student employee awards.

2019 Staff Development Grant Award Recipients

Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries

Emily Beck
Assistant Curator Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine

Emily will attend and present at the 2020 annual meeting and expo of the American Alliance of Museums in San Francisco. In addition to professional development, she hopes to position the Wangensteen’s exhibit space in the new Health Sciences Education Center and gain knowledge of best practices, innovative techniques, and ideal equipment to use in programming the new exhibit space. She will present on her project “Alcohol’s Empire.”

Yao Chen
Librarian for East Asian Studies, Linguistics, and ESL

Yao will attend the 5th Sino-American Academic Library Forum on Cooperation and Development and also the Beijing International Book Fair. The two events will provide exposure to new ideas and perspectives on librarianship, establish connections with librarians in China, and explore Chinese publishing trends as well as the newest and most important publications in the field of Chinese studies.

2019 Outstanding Library Student Employee Award

Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries

Hau Xiong Low nominated by Kim Tran

Hau is a fourth-year product engineering student in the department of Acquisitions and E-resource management. Hau’s primary duties are checking in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language serial materials.

In her letter of nomination Kim notes, “Hau is responsible for 42% of the student workload of receiving incoming journals. This level of productivity is indeed impressive and is a testament to his diligent work ethic.”

Claire Yang nominated by Ben Wiggins

Claire is a second-year computer science student and Research Assistant in the Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities program. Claire partners with researchers to design websites, build web applications, and make data.

In his letter of nomination, Ben said, “Claire has been one of the two or three best research assistants I have ever supervised—and that includes those from the graduate ranks. I offer my highest recommendation of her and find her extraordinarily deserving of this award.”